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Former Springville school worker charged with trespass at school

A former Springville Elementary School employee was charged with trespassing after harassing signs were discovered attached to the door of the school and the administration building.

School staff discovered a cardboard sign attached to the main door of the elementary school building on North Street early Monday morning, according to an Erie County Sheriff’s Office report. Two more signs were attached to the doors of the district administration building at 307 Newman St. The brown cardboard signs were about 2 square feet and were addressed to specific school employees, stating they would be fired.

School staff suspected a former night custodian at the school, Michael Martin, 49, of Concord, who had recently been observed driving through the parking lot yelling obscenities at the school.

A sheriff’s deputy reviewed the school’s video security footage and saw a male suspect who staff identified as Martin placing the signs on the buildings.

Martin, who had been told he was no longer permitted on school grounds, was charged with third-degree trespass.

Springville Elementary School will be on “lockout” at least until the winter break next week, Interim Superintendent Sylvia Root said.

“All access will be through the main entrance,” she said, simply as a precaution.

There are several doors where visitors can push a button to be buzzed in the building, but all visitors will go to the main entrance, where a staffer will meet them at the door, she said.